Real-time confession

New-to-me-iconography in church. Most Holy Theotokos Joy of All Who Sorrow.
The left is an icon of the Prayer of the Optina Elders. The right is a book by Frederica Mathewes-Green

I attended Divine liturgy for the first time in months and did real-time confession for the first time in a year.

As I was driving to church I decided to stay for the whole thing as in; don’t-leave-after-taking-the-Eucharist as I normally would have done in the past. The Bishop sent out an email lifting certain restrictions and I was determined to do everything that had been forbidden in the past year because of Covid. I venerated icons, now with no gold mesh barrier across the bottom. I sang, sans mask, I venerated the cross the priest holds at the end of service.

All in all it was a good morning.

Back to my purchases and the new icons in church.

The top pic shows one of the many new-to-me icons on the walls at church. Most Holy Theotokos Joy of All Who Sorrow is now residing above the full length icon of St. Xenia.

There are a couple more I took pics of but I’m holding onto them for future posts.

Let’s talk about the book; First Fruits of Prayer, a Forty Day Journey Through the Canon of St. Andrew by Frederica Mathewes-Green.

I don’t know much about it!

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I was visiting with the woman who runs the bookstore and she basically thrust it into my hands so I could buy it. That’s pretty much how she recommends books.

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It’s good though. I was looking for something for Lent but it’s kind of like looking in the fridge constantly hoping the thing you want will just manifest.Like maybe on the 100th look inside the refrigerator fairy will give up and turn that moldy lump of cheese into German chocolate cake!

So here I go reading book with the word, canon on the cover and I had no idea what the word canon meant and had to go look it up.

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I KNOW, right?!

So now I have 40… that’s FORTY days of this. Sigh… fine… whatever.

A better pic of the icon from Uncut Mountain Supply.

Prayer of the Optina Elders Plaque – Vertical –(POE10)

That’s my update for now. Church! There you go.

What will you read in 2021?

It amazes me to be typing: 2021. It’s so ‘space-agey- and yet… where is my flying car, Elon Musk?

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Have you drawn up your 2021 reading list? I had wanted to do a book journal this year, but I am finding that many planners are sold out. People are excited to turn their backs on 2020. If only having a great year WERE as easy as writing it down on a dot grid. I think I can find one from 2020 I have not used. I have a slight notebook/journal addiction. Paper is like a drug to me. I must have it!

No matter what 2021 throws at us, what we read can never be taken away from us. Books are with us forever.

Whether you decide to go for a 52 books in 2021 reading plan such as THIS,

or you have goal to read the classics and use THIS, The Harvard Classics in a Year: A Liberal Education in 365 Days  eBook: Eliot, Charles, Kennedy, Amanda, Kennedy, Amanda: Kindle Store

your reading plan is yours, and yours alone.

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There are online book clubs, Victoria magazine has one, that you can join. The point is to read. You do not need to concur 52 books next year. That is a fairly lofty goal. The point is to read something other than a magazine, your social media, emails, texts, etc. Exercise that big brai nof yours… READ.